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Nevada, Arizona officials hold informal Interstate 11 meeting

Supporters of the proposed Interstate 11 met Wednesday in Washington where they expressed optimism about the future of the long-discussed highway that could link Phoenix and Las Vegas – and possibly beyond.... Read more»1

Federal report: Az should repay $2.2 million in child care funds

The Arizona Department of Economic Security said it will not repay the funds, part of a $27 million federal grant, over what it called an “unintentional misunderstanding” that violated process. Arizona was among five states audited, four of which have refused repayment.... Read more»

Can we trust crime numbers?

In the midst of a revolution where criminal justice data moves at the speed of light, the pace of federal statistical studies can seem glacial, critics say.... Read more»

The 8 most surprising nations that still require birth control Rx

You can get the pill over the counter in Pakistan, but not in Canada or the US.... Read more»

Cunningham, Rothschild holding East Side open house

Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham will host a Ward 2 open house featuring Mayor Jonathan Rothschild on Wednesday night.... Read more»

Medicaid programs drowning in backlog

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications.... Read more»

At Austin civil rights summit, bi-partisan leaders call for immigration reform

At the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, both expressed optimism that Congress could pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.... Read more»

And 'Rio Nuevo' stayed its name-o

After spending $6,000 to hold a contest to solicit new names, Tucson’s downtown development district stuck with the familiar Tuesday. The board of the taxing district voted to keep the moniker “Rio Nuevo,” deciding against a name change.... Read more»2

Protesters rally as Obama-era deportations top 2 million

A previous rallying cry of “not one more” deportation became a chant of “2 million is too many.” Arizonans were among several dozen people who rallied at the White House, renewing a call on the president to halt deportations as long as immigration reform is stalled.... Read more»

Phx leaders propose requiring city contractors to pay women, men equally

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and two councilwomen say they will seek an ordinance requiring city contractors to provide equal pay for male and female employees. Stanton says gender wage discrimination “is simply something we cannot tolerate anymore.”... Read more»

Advocacy group gives Az a B at providing spending transparency

Arizona has improved its transparency on government spending but has a lot of work to do when it comes to providing information on tax credits for businesses, an advocacy group says. Arizona ranked 19th among states in the report by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group.... Read more»

Calamity Calling: An investigation into global climate change

Forget the debate over climate change. Calamity is already upon us. A yearlong GlobalPost investigation assesses the damage from the Amazon, to Africa, to the Gobi, Greenland and beyond.... Read more»

As parents struggle to repay children's college loans, taxpayers also stand to lose

New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents.... Read more»

12-plus states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

A Supreme Court ruling eliminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.... Read more»

Legal pot in Colorado comes with risks

A reporter returns to his hometown and confronts the new reality of legalized marijuana: “I found that a place settled by the Gold Rush is now mad about reefer.”... Read more»1

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